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Unicorn Wines: 2005 Clos Rougeard Is the Loire Wine of the Future

As I said before about the legendary 1986 Henri Jayer Richebourg, I’m supremely picky about which wines I consider true “unicorns;” they should be rare, old, age-worthy, and historically significant. Although 2005 Clos Rougeard Saumur Champigny is still relatively young by fine wine standards, I consider it one of the few mid-2000s wines to h...
why should I invest in professional wine storage

Why Should I Invest in Professional Wine Storage?

Over the past decade or so, I’ve noticed more collectors turning to professional wine storage than ever before. That’s because the internet age has made this kind of storage convenient for collectors of all experience levels. In the past, most of my wine-loving friends would rather spend thousands of dollars on a home wine cellar, since it used...
2007 brunello

Hidden Gem of the Month: 2007 Valdicava Brunello Is an Age-Worthy Tuscan Masterpiece

Brunello di Montalcino is the crowning jewel of Italy’s Sangiovese grape, capable of lasting as long as 20 years in a cellar without much effort. Yet when the weather, the winemakers, and the cellar conditions are just right, Brunello can exceed this lifespan by an additional 10 or even 20 years; it’s a rare feat, but I’ve seen it happen. I...
Wine Seller's Advice

When to Take a Wine Seller’s Advice, and When to Ignore It

In a recent post on the Wine Berserkers forum, one writer related the story of how he wanted to invest in some new rosé vintages for the summer, so he took a trip to his local shop. As he browsed through the aisles, one of the floor sales experts told him he should buy a particular Provence vintage. Even though the wine was pricier than most of th...
2016 Bordeaux harvest

What Collectors Can Expect from the 2016 Bordeaux Harvest So Far

Deciding on a vintage’s quality before all of the grapes have been plucked from the vines can be a gamble. Years ago, when I first heard reports about Bordeaux’s 2012 grapes, I was ready to write the vintage off entirely; cold, wet spring weather resulted in uneven flowering, and by July, a massive heat wave caused a halt in grape development. ...
Richebourg 1986

Unicorn Wines: The Legendary Domaine Henri Jayer Richebourg 1986 Is the Last of Its Kind

Some wine experts have a pretty loose definition of “unicorn wine.” I’ve seen critics give unexceptional wines the unicorn title simply because the vintner didn’t produce as much wine as expected in a particular year. Personally, I’m far more measured about which wines I deem unicorns. They can’t just be rare or expensive; they should m...
Best Loire Wine

The Best Loire Wine Might Be Rarer Than Ever Next Year–Here’s What You Can Do About It

The wine world was shocked when a sudden frost hit France this spring, and so far, it looks like one of the country’s greatest casualties is the Loire Valley. The average producer in this iconic wine region has already lost up to 30 percent of the crop, and in the most frostbitten areas, the crop is down by a staggering 80 percent. Loire Valley w...